Western Europe Had Wet End of September as Southeast Stayed Dry

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Western Europe was wet in the last 10 days of September, with rainfall more than twice normal amounts for the period in most of Spain, England and parts of France, U.S. satellite data showed.

Most of eastern Europe was dry, with 10 millimeters (0.39 inch) or less rain in Italy, the Balkans and most of Poland and Hungary, U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed. Eastern Romania was wetter than usual, with between 25 and 50 millimeters of rainfall, more than twice the usual.

The rain relieved drought in Spain, Portugal, southern France and Romania, according to the data. Soil moisture rose to between 20 percent and 60 percent in southern Spain from less than 10 percent for most of the country as of Sept. 20.

The area in southern France, Romania and Bulgaria with less than 10 percent soil moisture shrunk, with moisture levels climbing to between 20 percent and 30 percent in central Romania and southwest France, according to the data.

Soil saturation increased in the U.K., with moisture levels of 90 percent to 100 percent across Scotland, northern England and the southwest, according to the USDA.

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